The Prophetic traditions of Islam, which are commonly referred
to as the hadiths (literally: reports ), preserve the sum and
substance of the utterances, deeds, directives, and descriptive
anecdotes connected with the life of the Prophet Muhammad and his
Companions. Together with the Qur an, the hadiths provide the
religion of Islam with its principal scriptural sources.
The collection features an accessible and informative
introduction which presents an outline of the significance of the
hadiths within the religious tradition while also reviewing
classical scholarship devoted to the literature of the traditions;
moreover, the introduction decisively sets into context the
academic debates and arguments which are fleshed out in the
articles selected. It also charts developments in the academic
study of hadiths, summing up the current state of the field and
features a detailed bibliography listing primary classical sources
germane to the field of Prophetic traditions together with recent
research monographs and articles devoted to the subject.
This Major Work provides an authoritative collection of the
seminal research articles produced by western academic scholarship
on the subject of the hadith over the past century, including
recent papers on the subject. In bringing together the finest
examples of scholarship devoted to the hadith and the classical
literature that surrounds it, these volumes provide an
indispensable reference resource for academics, research
institutions, governmental organizations, and those with a general
interest in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Arabic
Cultural Studies, and Middle East History.
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